Tuesday, December 1, 2009

CT - Rules Of Game Keep Jurors In Dark

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11/30/2009

By NORM PATTIS

One day, in some courtroom in the United States, a juror will stand up in the middle of a criminal case and shout: “Liar, liar, robe on fire!” I hope it happens in Connecticut. Here is why.

When we refuse to let juries know the truth about the consequences of a conviction in a criminal case, we hamper a jury’s ability to check the abuse of power. Juries that are not fully informed can’t do their job. Withholding truth from juries is dishonest. We do it every day in Connecticut and call it justice.

We refer to juries as the conscience of the community, but we don’t treat jurors with such regard. We treat them as moral idiots unsuited to reckon the consequences of their acts.

We want juries to decide facts and facts alone, leaving to the judge the responsibility of imposing such conditions as the law requires. This rigid separation of fact and law results in moral paralysis, however. In what other context do we ask folks to make a decision regardless of the outcome? Recklessness and justice are not twin sisters.

Moral philosophers distinguish so-called deontological theories of ethics from consequentialist theories. Deontological ethics are severe: we do right as an end itself. In this spare universe, virtue is not even permitted to be its own reward.

Consequentialism comes in many forms. The hard core consists of act utilitarians. In this view, each act ought to be regarded in terms of its impact. Thus, breaking the law makes sense if it promotes some good. Rule utilitarians take a broader view, claiming that general conduct requires adherence to laws that will yield bad outcomes in particular cases. The law may be but a useful tool, but its use is best serve by general obedience. But even here, a good law can serve bad ends. Justice requires bending a rule when the facts require it.

What’s all this high-falutin’ stuff to do with criminal trials?

The law should promote social utility and is all about consequences.

Juries are supposed to stand between the state and an ordinary citizen accused of a crime. We expect some reasoned response from the community. But we refuse to tell jurors the consequence of their decision. We do not even permit jurors to make a recommendation about sentencing. Thus, we play Alice In Wonderland at criminal trial. “Don’t think about what happens if you find a verdict of guilty,” we say. Leap, but never look. I wonder how many jurors are shocked when they read about a sentence imposed in a case on which they sat in judgment.

Hiding the truth from jurors undermines the very reason we have juries. The state and the state alone selects the charges. A judge cannot order that an overcharged case be recast in terms that better serve justice. And, let’s face a truth that cannot be repeated often enough: The state does not exist in any meaningful sense. It is a legal fiction. Depriving jurors of a role in gauging the consequences of a conviction empowers individual prosecutors. Did the founders intend prosecutorial tyranny?

The courts encourage blindness. Consider the case of sex offenders or immigrants convicted of a crime. All sorts of consequences flow from a conviction. Yet we are not permitted to tell juries about this. And when lawyers try to challenge these inevitable consequences, we’re told they are not part of the punishment, they are mere incidents to punishment. Tell it to a homeless sex offender registrant.

I agree that blind juries promote fairness in trial, but that is only if trial is viewed as a game. If I know the rules in advance of the contest, I know how to play. But isn’t what goes on in a courtroom so much more than a game? Isn’t liberty on the line and the people’s right to have a say in weighty decisions that carry enormous consequences? Juries ought to know what they are doing and why. Requiring them to wear blinders yields something other than justice. I am not sure what to call the product.

Norm Pattis is a criminal defense lawyer and civil rights attorney in Bethany. Most days he blogs at normpattis.blogspot.com.


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NE - Changes coming for sex offenders (Illegal Searches???)

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Also see this court document in Indiana, same thing, ruled unconstitutional

I suggest we get clarification on this. If someone is off probation and/or parole, they cannot search your machine or force you to install some software, without a warrant, period!

12/01/2009

By David Penner

LEXINGTON – Starting Jan. 1 sex offenders registered under the Nebraska Sex Offender Registration Act of 1997 will have to abide by new rules.
- Every single year, more punishment, more regulations, more BS!  What is the ultimate goal here, why don't we just get to it?  Follow the money trail, it's all about money.  It's not about safety and protecting the public, because nothing about these laws actually do that.  We should be working on PREVENTION, but, that doesn't make much money, now does it?

Those rules were passed into law earlier this year by the Nebraska Legislature and are known as the Sex Offender Registration (SOR) Act.

Basically we have to match the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006,” Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber (Contact Sheriff Office, Contact Gary Reiber) said. “All of the states have to be in line with it.”

Adam Walsh was abducted from a Sears store at the Hollywood Mall in Hollywood, Fla., on July 27, 1981 and later found murdered. His parents John and Reve Walsh were responsible for Congress’ passage of the federal Missing Children’s Assistance Act of 1984, which established the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (Contact).
- Adam Walsh was abducted, due to a negligent mother not watching their kid, like they should be.

Later the John Walsh launched the television show “America’s Most Wanted.”

The purpose of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act is to protect the public, especially children, from violent sex offender with a more comprehensive and nationalized system for registration of sex offenders.
- So, how is that working out for you?  It's not, it's not protecting anybody.  If someone is so violent and dangerous, do you seriously think residency restrictions or a registry is going to prevent another crime?  If you do, then you are totally ignorant.  It's all about money and control, period.  Less than 5% of those on the registries are dangerous, yet they treat and monitor all as if they are all dangerous.  Fear is a great motivator, and when they scare you enough, you will be willing to fork over your money to them.

The SOR will conform to the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act in the way information is collected, duration of registration, verification of registry information, access to and sharing of information between law enforcement officials and penalties for failure to register as required.

According Reiber, as of Jan. 1, 2010, there will no longer be levels for sex offenders. As of right now, there are three levels and only a level three offender is considered to be public knowledge.

Once the first of the year comes around sex offenders will be required to register based on the crime they commit and all offenders will become public knowledge.

If you are registered under the 1997 act, you will not be grandfathered in,” Reiber said. “I have sent out letters to all of the 59 registered offenders in the county and they have been notified of the changes in the law.”

Offenders will either be registered for 15 years, 25 years or for life.
- Yeah right, we all know it will be for life.  In 15 years, are they just going to magically come off the list, or have to go before another judge and jury to see if they can get off?  And we all know, if that is the case, nobody is coming off the list.  Control, it's all about control!

If someone is convicted of a misdemeanor like third-degree sexual assault then that person will be registered for 15 years. If they are convicted of a more serious crime like first-degree sexual assault of a minor, they are registered for life.

According to the law people registered for 15 years will have to report to the sheriff once a year during the month of their birth. Someone registered for 25 years has to report to the sheriff during the month of their birth and also six months after, or twice a year.

A person with a life classification must register with the sheriff during the month of their birth and then quarterly for the rest of their life.

This is because the legislature found that, “sex offenders present a high risk to commit repeat offenses.”
- And this is a load of BS not based on facts, like most everything else in legislature is.  Show me any facts to back this lie up?  I have tons which disprove it, if you care to know the facts?

People will also be required to register as sex offenders if they are convicted of another crime and a sexual offense, even if the sexual offense has been dropped as part of a plea bargain.
- Yep, in other words, you will always be on the registry.  What about speeding tickets, drunk driving, stealing, or some other petty crime?

Other changes in the law include having to tell the sheriff if a person is moving three days prior to the move.

The old law stated that I had to be informed five days after the move took place,” Reiber said. “Now we have a date and know where the person will be at that particular date.”

If a person is moving to a different county then they would have to tell the sheriff of that move three days prior. That information is then sent to the Nebraska State Patrol where it is then forwarded to the effected county. The person then has three days after the move to register in the new county.

What I’m hoping to do is set up a database for everyone to use on my Web page,” Reiber said. “That away the public knows who these people are. I encourage people to call us if what they are seeing is suspicious.”

With the adoption of the Adam Walsh Act into Nebraska law, Reiber and the rest of the states law enforcement officials will be able to search sex offenders’ computers.
- Show me in the Adam Walsh Act, where it gives you the authority to search someones computer!  Maybe if they are on probation and/or parole, but those off paper, you have no right to do so, without a warrant!

The law stipulates that: “The registrant shall sign a consent form, provided by the law enforcement agency receiving this information, authorizing the: a) Search of all the computers or electronic communication devices possessed by the person; and b) installation of hardware or software to monitor the person’s Internet usage on all the computer or electronic communication devices possessed by the person.
- And I would not sign this, or if you do, sign it with "SIGNED UNDER DURESS!"  This is a flat out violation of civil rights, period.

Under this stipulation of this section of the law Reiber representing Dawson County and officials from the Kearney Police Department, Buffalo County Sheriff Department, the Grand Island Police Department, Hall County Sheriff Department, Hastings Police Department, Adams County Sheriff Department, Holdrege Police Department, Phelps County Sheriff Department and the Aurora Police Department, collectively known as SCALES (South Central Area Law Enforcement Services) are purchasing software to load onto the computers or electronic devices of registered sex offenders.
- If you are not on probation or parole, take their a--es to court!  This is a flat out violation of rights, and an abuse of power, which they do not have, nor does the AWA give them this power.

The software is called “Computer Cop” and parents are also able to buy the software to monitor who their children are talking to on the Internet.

We can now search computers once this law takes effect,” Reiber said. “We’ll be getting copies of this at the sheriff’s office and I am willing to let parents borrow it, load it onto their computers and check up on their kids. They will have to bring the software back, but at least they can see who their kids are talking to now.”
- Show me the law, which grants you the ability to search sex offenders computers who are off probation and/or parole?  I'd love to see it. Go here and search, if anybody finds any law they can do this, please let me know.

If a sex offender fails to register properly or follow any of the laws taking effect at the beginning of the year, the person is in violation of the act or has previously been convicted of a violation of the act is guilty of a Class III felony.

We have a duty to protect the public,” Reiber said, “and we can’t overlook it.”


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Office of Justice - Publication Advisory - Juveniles Who Commit Sex Offenses Against Minors

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12/01/2009

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today announced the release of a bulletin reporting on youth who commit sexual offenses against minors. The latest in the Crimes Against Children Series from OJP's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the bulletin draws on data from the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System to describe the characteristics of the juvenile sex offender population coming to the attention of law enforcement. Key findings include: juveniles account for more than one-third (36%) of those known to police to have committed sex offenses against minors; and juveniles who commit sex offenses against other children are more likely than adult sex offenders to offend in groups, at schools, and to have more male and younger victims.

TITLE: "Juveniles Who Commit Sex Offenses Against Minors"

RESEARCHERS: David Finkelhor, Ph.D., Richard Ormrod Ph.D., and Mark Chaffin, Ph.D.

PUBLISHER: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

WHERE: http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles/ojjdp/227763.pdf

The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has five component bureaus: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime. Additionally, OJP has two program offices: the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.

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ME - Some Sex Offenders May Get Off Registry

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12/01/2009

A new law will allow some Maine sex offenders to remove their names from the state's sex offender registry, but state police say there is a whole list of criteria sex offenders need to meet in order to take advantage of it.

Among the guidelines, the offender must been convicted between January 1, 1982 and June 30, 1992, and must have been discharged from the correctional system before September 1, 1998. An offender can't have been convicted of more than one Class A sex offense, and can't have served any sex offense sentences in another jurisdiction. A sex offender also can not have been convicted of a sex crime punishable by a prison sentence of more than one year.

Currently, the state sex offender registry provides information about the types of crimes a sex offender has committed, but not the dates of those offenses.

State police say they have been inundated with about 500 requests from sex offenders wanting to remove their names from the registry.

There is currently no way to find out if a sex offender in your area may be eligible to remove his or her name from the list.

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NY - E-Stop Law Purges Social Networking Sites of Sex Offenders

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How many were actually doing something wrong, or were they kicked off simply due to a label? This is just more face time so Andrew can "look tough" on crime and stomping on people's rights. Why are they not setting an age limit for the Internet, especially social networking sites, and kick off all the underage kids? Studies show that most sex crimes being committed are by those not labeled a sex offender yet, so are they really protecting anybody? This law does NOTHING to prevent a true predator from targeting kids online, if they want to. You can create a new email in a matter of seconds, and then be on your way! It's all smoke and mirrors to help them "look tough" on crime, while doing nothing! So what is next, banning all sex offenders from the Internet? Then who? Jews? Muslims? Etc!  You will notice, these politicians always have to do this in front of a crowd, so they can toot their own horn and pound their own chests!


12/01/2009

NEW YORK  - Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (Contact) today announced that more than 3,500 registered New York state sex offenders have been purged from social networking sites Facebook and MySpace in the first database sweep since the state’s new Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act (“e-STOP”) went into effect.

At the same time, many other social networking sites remain slow at adopting available new protections against sexual predators online, and Cuomo’s office today sent letters urging them to take action now to similarly purge sex offenders from their sites.

Under the new e-STOP law, which was authored by Cuomo, Facebook was able to identify and disable accounts linked to 2,782 registered New York sex offenders, and MySpace was able to identify and disable accounts linked to 1,796 sex offenders. Some registered sex offenders were linked to accounts on both sites, leaving a total of 3,533 individuals purged from Facebook and/or MySpace during the sweep. New York State has more than 8,100 sex offenders who have registered e-mails with the state. That means over 43% of those sex offenders have identified accounts linked to Facebook and/or MySpace.

Information about the accounts is now being shared with law enforcement authorities. To date, Facebook and MySpace are the only social networking sites that have sought access to the state’s new registry of sex offenders’ Internet information made available through e-STOP.

Under e-STOP - the nation’s most comprehensive law to enhance protections from sexual predators on the Internet - many sexual predators are banned outright from using social networking sites on the Internet while on probation or parole. Also, convicted sex offenders must register all of their e-mail addresses, screen names, and other Internet identifiers with the state. That information is then made available to social networking sites so they can purge potential predators from their online worlds.

We created e-STOP to help put an end to sexual predators using the Internet as a tool to prey on the innocent,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “Facebook and MySpace are successfully using e-STOP to help make the Internet safer, and it’s time for all social networking sites to do their part to keep others from being senselessly victimized.”
- But, it doesn't "put an end" to it!  If someone wants to use a social networking site, they will. So while you are reading this, think about someone like Anthony Sowell, who allegedly killed all those women in Ohio, if he wanted to get on a social network website, do you think he's going to create a new email, and go down to register it?  No, he's going to create a new email, not report it, and be on his way to finding a victim, if he chooses to do so.

e-STOP, which went into effect last year, was the first law of its kind requiring convicted sex offenders to register their e-mail addresses and other online identifiers with the New York State Sex Offender Registry, among other conditions. The law:

  • Requires that sex offenders register all of their Internet accounts and Internet identifiers (e-mail addresses and designations used for chat, instant messaging, social networking, or other similar Internet communication) with the State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
  • Authorizes the Division of Criminal Justice Services to release state sex offender Internet identifiers to social networking sites and certain other online services, which may be used to prescreen or remove sex offenders from using the site’s services and notify law enforcement authorities and other government officials of potential violations of law and threats to public safety.
  • Requires, as a condition of probation or parole, mandatory restrictions on a sex offender’s access to the Internet where the offender’s victim was a minor, the Internet was used to commit the offense, or the offender was designated a level 3 (highest level) offender. Such offenders would be banned from accessing social networking websites, accessing pornographic materials, communicating with anyone for the purpose of promoting sexual relations with a minor, and communicating, in most circumstances, with anyone under the age of 18.

John Walsh, co-founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and host of “America’s Most Wanted,” said, “Social networking websites have become the private hunting grounds for sexual predators (Really?) and they often use the safety and anonymity of the Internet to groom their next victims. I applaud Attorney General Cuomo and the State of New York for setting the national standard for states to keep these vicious predators off of social networking sites (Not all sex offenders Mr. Walsh, are vicious predators!). Attorney General Cuomo continues to be a very loud voice for the safety of the citizens of New York State - especially its children. It cannot be reinforced enough that with this legislation, New York sets the gold standard for other states to follow.”

Ted Ullyot, Vice President and General Counsel at Facebook, said, “Nothing is more important to Facebook than the safety of our users, and we are proud to be working with Attorney General Cuomo to make the Internet safer for everyone, especially children. Ensuring online safety requires cooperation between industry, policymakers, parents, and teachers. With Attorney General Cuomo’s leadership, New York has become a model for this type of partnership - by making available the nation’s most complete, most useful, and most accessible data to help the effort to keep registered sex offenders off social networking sites. Facebook will continue to look for innovative approaches, both internally and in cooperation with law enforcement, to screen, block, and help prosecute anyone who would attempt to misuse our service to harm others.”
- Their Terms of Service says that the user will be over 13, and not provide false information.  If they were sticking to this, then they'd be kicking off many people.  There are many kids on Facebook who are under 13 (I assume), and many adults provide false information all the time.

MySpace Chief Security Officer Hemanshu Nigam said, “We applaud and support Attorney General Cuomo’s leadership in his ground breaking use of e-STOP to make the Internet a safer place. MySpace utilized e-STOP to complement technology we had already put in place to remove registered sex offenders from our community as part of a comprehensive approach to protecting Internet users from predators. We look forward to working with Attorney General Cuomo to encourage other sites to follow our lead in protecting teens online.”
- Their Terms of Service says about the same as Facebook.  You must be over 13 and not provide false information.

Laura A. Ahearn, L.M.S.W., Executive Director of Parents for Megan’s Law (Contact) and the Crime Victims Center, said, “Parental controls alone are not going to stop sexual predators from trolling the Internet in search of unsuspecting children, that’s why we need strong laws to protect them. Attorney General Cuomo’s proactive e-STOP legislation is an effective tool and the removal of thousands of offenders from sites frequented by children will help prevent sexual victimization.”
- You are all assuming all sex offenders are out trolling for kids to molest, which is a outrageous assumption!

Michael Polenberg, Co-Chair for the Downstate Coalition for Crime Victims, said, “Attorney General Cuomo’s pursuance of this issue is a welcome addition to our efforts to protect children from sexual predators. His e-STOP measure is working by purging offenders from social networking sites that are frequented by children and minors. I applaud this successful measure.”

Parry Aftab, a nationally renowned lawyer specializing in Internet privacy and security law and founder of wiredsafety.org (Contact), said, “Attorney General Cuomo has shown effective and innovative leadership on this issue. We need to make sure that sexual predators are monitored and kept far away from vulnerable children. I am glad that we have Attorney General Cuomo as a partner in this fight and look forward to continuing to work with him to make the Internet a safer place for our communities.”
- And this coming from a "lawyer" on Internet Privacy and security?  This is a violation of privacy and doesn't make anybody secure!  Yet another puppet going along with the bandwagon!

A. Jane McEwen, Executive Director of the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (Contact) said, “I applaud Attorney General Cuomo for shepherding this law. The removal of thousands of sexual predators from online social networking sites is a positive step in the right direction and we look forward to continuing to work with Attorney General Cuomo’s Office to protect innocent victims.”
- Um, sexual offender and sexual predator are not the same, and not all those using social networking web sites are predators.  Use the terms correctly, or don't use them at all!

Ernie Allen, President and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said, “With the elimination of these sexual predators from social networking sites, Attorney General Cuomo’s legislation has indeed delivered real results to protect children. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is proud to once again partner with Attorney General Cuomo’s Office to help make the Internet a safer place.”
- Again, not all sex offenders are predators!  But, if you tell a lie long enough and loud enough, it will be believed, and that is exactly what is occurring.

Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Denise E. O’Donnell, who also serves as commissioner of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), said, “The Attorney General’s e-STOP legislation provides a highly effective tool to keep children safe in cyberspace. DCJS is working closely with the Attorney General’s Office, Facebook, and MySpace to remove sex offenders who are accessing social networking sites. Our goal is to prevent dangerous sex offenders from terrorizing children online.”
- It protects nobody!  Kids and parents are going to get a "false sense of security" and think everyone on the Internet is okay, and not a sexual offender or predator, so other kids will be victimized, potentially.  If a person is truly intent on hunting down a child or person to victimize, they will do so, regardless of any law in place.

Robert Maccarone, State Director of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (DPCA), said, “I am proud to partner with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Denise O’Donnell on this public safety effort. We must do all we can to ensure that children and other vulnerable populations are protected from those who wish to harm them. Through the cooperation and collaboration of a number of government entities - including DPCA, the Division of Parole, the Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Law and working with local probation departments, parole, the judiciary, and other public officials - we are succeeding in promoting greater offender accountability and making the internet safer for everyone, especially all children."
- You mention "vulnerable populations," so what about the sex offenders who are vulnerable, and you are clearly wanting to harm them!  I guess you didn't really mean what you said?

Andrea W. Evans, chairwoman and CEO of the New York State Division of Parole, said, “Through the enactment of the e-STOP legislation, we gained a valuable tool for restricting dangerous sex offenders from accessing websites where they can prey upon children. Attorney General Cuomo, the Legislature and Governor Paterson have shown great leadership and vision by creating safeguards aimed at protecting minors from sexual predators. This legislation effectively addresses sex offender supervision needs in an environment where changing technology creates opportunities to victimize unsuspecting minors.”
- And you are also assuming all sex offenders using social networks are "dangerous" and "preying on children," which is an absurd assumption!

Attorney General Cuomo’s office and DCJS are working with other law enforcement agencies, including state parole and probation officials, in taking appropriate action against offenders who violate their terms and conditions of release by accessing the Internet in prohibited ways.

According to DCJS, New York State has more than 29,000 registered sex offenders: 11,065 are level 1 registered offenders (lowest risk of repeat offense); 10,604 are level 2 registered offenders (moderate risk of repeat offense); 7,417 are level 3 registered sex offenders (high risk of repeat offense and a threat to public safety exists). There are a total of approximately 627,000 registered sex offenders in the United States.
- So, since you have only 7,417 level 3 offenders, do these laws apply to those who are truly dangerous, or do they apply to everyone?  Well, we know it applies to everyone! And out of those 627,000 across the country, how many are duplicates?  We all know, from looking, that many states have duplicate entries in their registry, and also when someone dies, they are not removed from the registry, why is that?  So you can elevate the fear factor some more?  When an offender moves from one state to another, they are then listed on both state registries, thus elevating the numbers even more.  So how many sex offenders do we actually have across this country, anybody know?  I doubt it!

Attorney General Cuomo has made protecting children from online predators a top priority. In addition to creating e-STOP, Cuomo has also secured agreements with every major Internet Service Provider in New York State, including Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, AOL, Sprint, Time Warner Cable, and Cablevision, in which they agreed for the first time to block access to child pornography newsgroups, a major forum for illegal images of child sexual abuse and child pornography, and also to purge their servers of child pornography websites identified by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).

Coordination between the Attorney General’s office and DCJS, the Parole Board, the Division of Probation, Facebook, and MySpace is being handled by Assistant Attorneys General Karen A. Geduldig and Darcy M. Goddard, under the supervision Special Deputy Chief of Staff Mitra Hormozi.

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FL - Sexual predator shot dead in Town 'N Country

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12/01/2009

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TAMPA  — A registered sexual predator was shot dead steps from his home Monday morning in the middle of a residential street in Town 'N Country. Hillsborough sheriff's deputies are searching for three young men suspected of killing him.

_____, 57, was in a confrontation with several men about 11:45 a.m. at the corner of Hanna Avenue and Eden Lane when he was shot, deputies said. _____ collapsed in the street. An ambulance took him to Town & Country Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies describe the three suspects as white or Hispanic, ages 18 to 24. One had a dark beard; one was wearing a dark skullcap; and one had long, curly hair, deputies said.

They think the three fled in a dark green, 1996 to 2000 Honda two-door coupe.

The car was last seen speeding away from the scene, going west on Willow Wood Lane.

On Monday afternoon, a black T-shirt, a baseball cap and what looked like a pastel, printed bedspread remained strewn in the street. Investigators examined a hole in a window at 6409 Eden Lane.

_____ lived a few houses away, at 6417 Eden Lane. State sex offender records show he was convicted in 1997 on charges of false imprisonment of a child under 13 while committing sexual battery; sexual battery of a child under 16; and an attempted lewd and lascivious act on a child under 16. Less than a month ago, he was convicted on a marijuana possession charge.

A man who answered the phone at his house Monday night declined to comment.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call Cpl. O'Neal Jackson of the Homicide Unit at (813) 247-8649.
- You might get better leads if you left out the "registered sexual predator" in the news report!


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NE - Bellevue Program Aims to Reduce Apartment Crime

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11/30/2009

BELLEVUE (KPTM) — We know crime can happen anywhere, but police say many times, rental properties are an easy target. Now a fresh effort in Bellevue is taking aim at apartment complexes and ways working together can keep the community safe.

From the Landings Apartments to the Southgate Apartments, property owners team up with Bellevue police to reduce crime in their communities. "We don't see a lot of crime here but we want to make sure that we never do," said Margaret Stamp of the Highland Meadows Apartments.

Recently, Bellevue police evaluated the apartments' security features. "She took this all part to make sure our screws are long enough and checked our deadbolts, made sure they aren't easily broken into," Stamp said.

She is Jayme Krueger, community–policing coordinator for the Bellevue Police Department.

Krueger says simple things, like deadbolts, lights and trimmed trees and bushes, can go a long way toward making an area safe. "Apartment complexes do get targeted. Just because that is where criminals do tend to stay, but also because sometimes, they don't have good lighting, sometimes they don't have good landscaping," she said.

To get a "crime free" certification, apartments have to pass the inspection and do background checks on their residents, among other things. "We check people to make sure that they're not a felon, sex offender, and their criminal background before they rent here. And also this is letting them know that once they live here, they can't do anything illegal, or their guests," Stamp said.

Highland Meadows passed with flying colors, but still the complex is making a few minor changes. "On the first floor, what we're doing now is offering dowels so that if they do decide to open their window a little bit in the summer that they can put a dowel here to keep so that if someone came in from the outside and slit this open, they can't just push this open all the way and get in," Stamp said.

An overall effort police hope will make a difference. "We're not going to get rid of criminals completely, but we may move them on to the next community," Krueger said. "Maybe that isn't the best way to look at it, but at least it's making it better for our neighborhoods and our citizens."

A total of eight complexes are currently working their way through the three–phase program.

Managers must also complete an eight–hour training class and hold a safety social for residents. For more information on how to get involved, call Bellevue police at 293–3071.

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CA - Study says nearly 70 percent of sex offenders live near schools or parks

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12/01/2009

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - When Jessica's Law was passed in California in 2006, it placed restrictions on where released sex offenders could live. You might be surprised to know that nearly 70 percent of sex offenders in the county live near schools and parks.

When voters approved Jessica's Law three years ago, they wanted a tighter restriction on where registered sex offenders could live regarding schools and parks.

In San Diego County, the sex offender residence compliance was set at 2,000 feet. According to the State Attorney General's Office (Contact), as of Nov. 17 of this year, 73 percent of the offenders' addresses made public are in violation, and 27 percent are not.

Critics say the law is poorly worded and has no penalties if the restrictions are ignored.

"It dredges up old offenses, many of which had nothing to do with children, and forces people into homelessness, cutting off their ability to establish family connections and jobs and stable housing," Constitutional law attorney Ernest Galvan said.

Galvan represents two paroled San Diego County registered sex offenders who are challenging the residency restrictions.

"All you're doing is creating desperation, poverty, disease and crime, and that's a hallmark of a law that's simply oppressive and unconstitutional and the Supreme Court needs to step in and strike it down," Galvan said.

Chula Vista is one county city which has relaxed state restrictions by barring sex offenders from living within 500 feet of a park or school that has K-8 students. Checking an area bordered by Highway 54 on the north, Interstate 5 on the west, the 805 to the east and L Street to the south, there are at least 20 schools.

With the 500-foot rule, there is nearly 80 percent of the area available for sex offenders to live in, but under Jessica's Law's 2,000-foot restriction, they have less than five percent to occupy.

"We're following Jessica's Law to the letter of the law. That would create a big burden on the rural areas, because as some maps will show, if you have a 2,000-foot buffer with all the schools and parks and other areas where children gather, there's really no place for them to go, and that can remove them from other support environments they might have with family members," Chula Vista Police Department Capt. Leonard Miranda said.

The State Supreme Court is expected to rule in February on the case involving the two San Diego County men represented by Ernest Galvan.

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